God: A Human History, by Reza Aslan

What came first, the chicken or the egg? It’s a classic puzzle. The chicken causes an egg. The egg causes a chicken. Cause and effect and cause and effect. The continual cycle of life.

Which came first: God or humans? Did one cause the other?

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The book, God: A Human History by Reza Aslan, starts with humans developing in ability and painting in caves. The chapters advance in telling the history of how human conceptions of the divine evolved over the centuries. This story begins with humans who create God in their own image to fill their own needs.

So this book is contrarywise to the traditional Christian view that God caused humans in His own image. It is interesting to see how the same historical facts can be interpreted from two perspectives.

It is a fact that the God of the Bible is called by various names. Scholars take it as evidence that humans conceived of multiple gods combined into one god.  Another view is that the same pre-exisiting Being was known in time by different humans in different ways.

To believers, this book might not be encouraging. But it is interesting to see the flowing relationship between humans and God from the perspective that humans are continually creating the idea of god.

Its funny, but the Christian reader would agree that most of humanity’s ideas about god(s) really are self-indulgent imaginings. All except the one thread of truth, the one God that came first.

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2 Responses to God: A Human History, by Reza Aslan

  1. allamerican2 says:

    SPOILER (sort of) — The book seems like it’s debunking the idea of God, but in a twist ending, I was surprised when the author concludes by saying he is a believer. He explains what it means to him.

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